Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. For the past three-and-a-half years, I’ve been suffering from a condition called scalp folliculitis. This is an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by excessive heat and sweat, and at times this problem of mine becomes an infection because of the heat and bacteria triggered by the sweat. When I first discovered the problem, I began to wear cotton scarves and cut my hair very short, and thinned my hair, as well, to accommodate my hijab. This worked and gave me some relief at the time. I took the medications prescribed by my dermatologist and, al-hamdu lillah, my condition disappeared. However, the doctor did tell me that this conditi on is known to be chronic and that this would not be the last time I’d see it.Being optimistic, I didn’t believe him, and put my trust in Allah and believed I wouldn’t have this problem again. To my dismay, I continually had this problem and it reappeared time and time again over the past three years. Since then, I’ve ingested so many antibiotics that I’ve developed a resistance to the medication and now they don’t give me any relief. I sought the advice of two other dermatologists; each gave me the same diagnosis. Because I work full-time, I find it very difficult to wear my scarf now as it irritates my skin and worsens my problem. I don’t know what to do. I know I have to wear my hijab, but then it’s so itchy and intolerable. My dermatologist told me that if I take it off for a couple of months, I’d notice a difference in my scalp. I would like to take off my hijab to heal my scalp, and then return to it as soon as I’m healed, but I don’t know if this is the best decision; please advise.
I would like to ask to what extent is it lawful for medicine-marketing companies to systematically visit doctors to inform them about their recent products? These drug companies do this so that doctors may prescribe drugs to patients in return for presents as incentives.It is to be kept in mind that salespersons are required to make a certain amount of sales. The problem stems from the fact that other drugs exist which are of the same class but different in price, either cheaper or more expensive, and doctors can prescribe them for patients. Moreover, many doctors say that if they prescribe the drugs from these marketing companies, they want something as an incentive, either in kind or cash. Such doctors believe they are doing nothing wrong, as the patients are in need of certain drugs, and since there are various alternatives available, doctors can prescribe the medicine from the company that gives them incentives. What is your point of view regarding the stance of these doctors? What is the ruling on doctors receiving presents from salespersons so that they prescribe the medicine from their company? And what is the ruling on doctors accepting these presents?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it lawful to abide by a trustworthy non-Muslim doctor's instructions when he says, for instance, that the patient should not pray while standing or that he is not physically able to fast? Jazakum Allah khayran.